Moral Panics : The Social Construction Of Deviance Essay

958 Words Dec 14th, 2014 4 Pages
The history of humanity was full of accomplishments. However, it was also full of dramatic failures and emotions that accompanied them. Most people know the taste of fear. Many others have learned the smell of panics. Yet, the concept of moral panics is relatively new. It is moral panic that is at the center of Erich Goode and Nachman Ben-Yehuda 's book Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance. The book can be considered as a relevant and informative response to the growing diversity of deviant behaviors in the human society. The book illustrates and analyzes a popular fear that such behaviors will undermine the stability of the society 's structural values. Moral panic is at the center of Goode and Ben-Yehuda 's sociological analysis. The authors define the concept as "a scare about a threat or supposed threat from deviants or 'folk evils ', a category of people who, presumably, engage in evil practices and are blamed for menacing a society 's culture, way of life, and central values" (Goode & Ben-Yehuda 2). In essence, moral panic is a purely emotional response to various deviant threats, which has nothing to do with the actual extent of such threat (Goode & Ben-Yehuda 2). In the absence of any clear definition, and due to the growing popularity of the concept, Goode and Ben-Yehuda have decided to analyze the social underpinnings of moral panics. The authors cover a broad range of issues, as related to moral panic. In the introduction, a detailed analysis of…

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